Business Success Partner, Christchurch & Canterbury
An experienced and versatile leader within the SME sector, Peter has more than 20 years’ business experience, beginning in accountancy practice and diversifying into the travel sector, business advice, family trusts, property renovation trading and development, import, export, food, transport, mental health, taxis and business consultancy.
His diverse skill base combine with an acute, analytical business mind and excellent communication skills. His expertise, candour and no-nonsense, easy-to-work-with nature allow business owners to increase their entrepreneurial flair (not just ‘doing the business’ but ‘making it hum’). As a Compass South Business Success Partner, Peter is therefore an invaluable ally; and a business owner’s reward for partnering with him – namely growing more profitable, more time-efficient, self-sustaining businesses – is like almost nothing else!
Peter recognises that the business is yours – you are the technical expert in your field. His role is to add business growth expertise to your existing skill-base, offering rigorous support all the way, as you take your business to whatever next level is important for you. “Willing to engage hands-on, I have helped a number of organisations grow during my career, delivering tangible, profitable results and helping to improve the quality of life of business owners and managers.”
Peter is a qualified member of the CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand), a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, and an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management Southern.
He is married with five children and three grandchildren and is a keen tramper and overseas traveller, with a passion for good food and wine! An avid reader and lover of quality theatre and movies, Peter has previously served on the Board of Life Education Trust (Christchurch) and the Board of his local Tramping Club. He is currently the District Treasurer for one of seven Lions Clubs Districts within NZ, an active member of a local church and a Trustee of a private investment trust. He was born British, in East Africa, spending his childhood and teens in Kenya, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, the USA and the UK.
He became a Kiwi citizen in 1998 – a decision he has never regretted!
I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending and investing in Peter Lawry’s services. Peter has helped us to step back and identify and value our strengths, focus on areas to grow and logically plan the way forward. He is fully invested in improving our business to reach our new goals and his work ethic and integrity are to be admired. Peter brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the table and we count on the services provided by Peter as a real asset to our company.
We were recommended to Peter at a time when our business was in need of an urgent boost. Peter helped us get back on track, focus on what was important and he helped lay the foundation for us to move forward successfully. Peter’s knowledge and business acumen was a saving grace for us and we are truly thankful for his input and direction. We recommend him to any business needing a fresh, professional and honest appraisal.
I started working with Peter of Compass South in June 2017. Within 2½ months, he had a really clear understanding of the business's needs, encouraged us to make some internal appointments, bought our whole team ‘on board’ with the programme in a way I had never expected possible, and put the whole business into the place I hoped it would be 5 years ago. Thank you Peter, and thank you Compass South.